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George Lloyd of the parish of Aberystwith in the -
County of Monmouth labourer on his oath saith -
I live about two hundred yards off Zephania Williams in
the said Parish of Aberystwith , on Sunday night last I was coming
from Mr Robins of the Bush Inn at Nanty Glo when I met a
party of Chartists who pressed me and took me by force to the house of
Zephania Williams when I was given a stick as large as
my wrist, by some parties calling themselves Chartists in the house of Zephania Williams - there was a great number of men in the house
and at the door of Williams house there was about three hundred,
the greatest part of them were armed with fire arms and pikes I
accompanied them from Zephania Williams house for about 2 miles

to a space on the Mountain between Ebber Vale and Nanty Glo where they
halted for near three hours. We there met an assemblage of near two
thousand persons who came to the place of meetings in droves from
different parts, Zephania Williams then stood on a Tump and said now
my Dear Chartists never be daunted for we are enough to go against them
all, We are to be in Newport by 2 o'clock as there are hundreds and
thousands on the road which we may overtake or they overtake
us you need not be afraid my Dear Chartists for the soldiers are all
asleep and wont hurt we, the people assembled, who were chartists.
then answered we dont care for them we are enough to take them all
I went with them unwillingly, when some of them broke open
houses and insisted upon the occupants going with them to Newport
on our way along the canal bank they pushed me into the canal -
because they said I was inclined to run away. I went into the house
to dry myself and remained there till 1/2 past 6 O'clock next morning
on my return home I met another party of Chartists who were all
armed with either Guns Pistols or Pikes, after passing Sir Charles
Morgans park we met the advanced party of the Chartists returning
from Newport I returned with a party of the Chartists, several of
them said the Devil shall have me before Zephania Williams
shall have me with him again, they also said the soldiers are
shooting us down one of them appeared to be wounded in the arm
he said the ball had passed through his arm -
___________________________Geo: Lloyd

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[Annotations in left margin:]
Williams division

to be at Newport
at 2 oClock

Soldiers asleep
Men pressed
pushed witness into Canal
went to Tredegar Park

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